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Best Value: Loyola University New Orleans Shines in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Loyola press release - September 12, 2017

U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” 2018 edition names Loyola among Top 10 universities in the South; Top 10 "Best Value Schools," Top 10 Schools for Veterans; Top 10 in the Region for Diversity, and More

Loyola University New Orleans provides one of the region’s “Best Values” in higher education; is considered one of the nation’s top colleges, and ranks among the Top 10 universities in the South, according to U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” 2018 edition. A top-tier school, Loyola jumped three spots from No.12 to No.9 in the Best Value ranking, a measure that demonstrates affordability and access among universities with high academic opportunities and achievement.

Data released Tuesday also shows that Loyola New Orleans is ranked eighth in the region for diversity. The top diversity ranking follows last month’s news from The Princeton Review, which hailed Loyola New Orleans among the Top 20 in the nation for being culturally inclusive. Loyola also ranks No. 6 in the South for Best Colleges for Veterans and is featured on a list “A+ Schools for B Students.”

Moreover, Loyola’s business program is ranked among the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” in the nation, with a rank of 183 among 488 undergraduate business programs in the country. The university’s acclaimed online graduate nursing program – celebrated by The Princeton Review, College Choice and a variety of online ranking systems, is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as No. 39 in the nation.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we strive to provide an outstanding Jesuit education and access to all,” said Loyola University New Orleans president the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “We are pleased to provide some of the ‘Best Value’ in education while working to provide a top-notch academic education and to instill 'best values' in our students.”

The “Best Value” ranking was calculated based on Loyola’s academic quality, as reflected by its U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” ranking, and the 2016-2017 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. Seventy-one percent of Loyola students receive grants based on needs, according to U.S. News. The average cost to students of a Loyola education after receiving need-based grants is $28,136.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” U.S. News and World Report said in summary materials. “Only schools in or near the top half of their U.S. News ranking categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.”

“Academic excellence, a strong values-based education, and diversity and inclusion are a way of life at Loyola University New Orleans,” said interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs David B. Borofsky. “At Loyola University New Orleans, we strive to create an environment where every student not only feels included and inspired, but thrives. Loyola is committed to educating the whole person, helping students understand that we have a responsibility to serve as ‘men and women with and for others.’”

While this week’s rankings focus on undergraduate programs, a number of Loyola’s programs have been heralded by U.S. News and World Report. The university’s top-ranked, recently reaccredited online master’s degree in nursing program is ranked No. 50 in the nation for “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs,” according to U.S. News and World Report. The online graduate nursing program is designed to help nurses who want to become nursing managers, administrators and health care executives to advance their careers.

Loyola’s online education program ranks among the nation’s top 150 online programs in education, according to U.S. News and World Report. Already, online education at Loyola supports the School of Nursing, Loyola Institute of Ministry, a new Master’s of Teaching degree program that rolled out in fall 2017, and a new part-time Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies aimed at busy adults hoping to complete their undergraduate educations. Plans are in motion to expand the university’s online curriculum, administrators said, with new courses coming online in fall 2018.

Loyola’s part-time MBA program ranks No. 151 in the nation. Loyola University New Orleans College of Law ranks No. 142 among the nation’s Best Law Schools and maintains a rank of No. 50 in the nation among Part-time Law programs.

U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook, which can be pre-ordered or purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retail outlets, will be on newsstands Oct. 10.